My research question of the small-n neopositivist research is “Why does Christian religious peacebuilding intervention and prevention differ in conflicts within Latin America?”
With this question I want to use Latin America as an area of focus, in order to research how and why religious peacebuilding varies in different countries in Latin America. The dependent variable in this question is type of religious invention in peacebuilding, which would be measured in type of peacemaking method. This would be measured in no involvement, traditional diplomatic efforts, track II peace-making, and field-diplomacy.  These methods to peace making are evaluated and further explained in Luc Reychler’s work.
Primary sources to operationalize the dependent variable would include looking at the Vatican News to follow church news and involvement in Latin America. This information can provide specific news about the involvement of the Catholic Church in Latin America, which has a major presence and role in Latin America. The news can outline different ways that the Catholic Church is becoming involved in affairs within Latin America. Another primary source that would also be used to operationalize the dependent variable would be to look at statements and peacebuilding actions of the secretariat of state in the Vatican. This can outline the overall goals and feelings of the Catholic Church regarding specific aspects of peacebuilding or conflicts, which can be checked with other sources to see the future action of lack of action aligns with statements from the secretariat of state. To see the recent events occurring in Latin America, from a more secular perspective and to see news events that involve other Christian denominations El País is a source that can be used. 
Using each of these sources allows the actions of Christian institutions, especially the Catholic Church, to be tracked and studied in this research.
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 “Secretariat of State – Index.” n.d. Accessed October 27, 2019. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/secretariat_state/index.htm.
 “The Latin American Church Joins Pope’s Appeal for Peace in Syria – Vatican News.” 2018. April 16, 2018. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2018-04/latin-american-bishops-statements-appeal-peace-syria.html.
 Luzón, Javier Moreno. 2019. “Análisis | ‘Por Dios y por España.’” El País, October 24, 2019, sec. Opinion. https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/10/22/opinion/1571757065_935118.html.
Luzón, Javier Moreno. 2019. “Análisis | ‘Por Dios y por España.’” El País, October 24, 2019, sec. Opinion. https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/10/22/opinion/1571757065_935118.html.
Reychler, Luc. “RELIGION AND CONFLICT.” International Journal of Peace Studies 2, no. 1 (1997): 19-38. http://www.jstor.org/stable/45037971.
“Secretariat of State – Index.” n.d. Accessed October 27, 2019. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/secretariat_state/index.htm.
“The Latin American Church Joins Pope’s Appeal for Peace in Syria – Vatican News.” 2018. April 16, 2018. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2018-04/latin-american-bishops-statements-appeal-peace-syria.html.